60th Annual Grammy Awards To Receive The New York Treatment In 2018

The Grammys will return to the Big Apple for the first time in 15 years. 

The Grammy Awards is reportedly taking its talent back to the east coast. After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that music's most prestigious night will return to New York City for the 2018 awards season. Its grand move from Los Angeles marks the first time the ceremony has been held in the Big Apple since 2003.

To commemorate the big news, the Recording Academy launched a nearly 2-minute trailer featuring director Spike Lee. The clip takes viewers on a tour through the city, stopping at major landmarks such as The Apollo Theater in Harlem and Jay Z's old stomping grounds at the Marcy Projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The video also earns cameos from major artists and music influencers, including Q-Tip, Maxwell, Clive Davis, and more. "New York is more than just a city; it's a city of music," Spike charismatically yells as he finishes up his message in front of Madison Square Garden.

From the 1970s to 1990s, the Grammys bounced back and forth between New York and Los Angeles, before planting its roots at LA's Staples center in 2004. The effort to bring the show back to NYC only began in 2014, with negotiations beginning as early as Feb. 2016. Plans were reportedly stalled earlier this year, fur to cost concerns and labor and venue expenses, according to Billboard. But after further evaluation, the Mayor's Office projects great economic benefits. The Grammys is reportedly expected to bring in $200 million in benefits, with $82 million in direct spending allowance.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is thrilled to host the anniversary event. "It is incredibly exciting that music's biggest night will return to the world's greatest city," De Blasio said in a statement accompanying the video announcement. "Playing host to the music industry's marquee awards show is a unique creative, artistic and economic boon to the rich cultural fabric of our city. We welcome the Grammy Awards back to New York City with open arms and we look forward to continuing to partner with a music industry that supports access and empowerment in the arts."

In addition to its financial advantages, Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, noted that the move made a lot of sense considering the origins of his Academy members. "With the East Coast being the home for half the membership of the Academy -- certainly there's a very vibrant, vital part of the music industry on the East Coast and in New York -- and given that this is an anniversary year for us, it's a special chance to celebrate," he told Billboard.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards has an early date this year, airing on CBS on Jan. 28, 2018. This will undoubtedly move the submission deadline up some, although that has not been confirmed. We still have a while until the top nominees will be announced, but check out the video announcement above.

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Christian Moore, a 16-year-old rapper and affiliate of the late XXXTentacion, was reportedly shot in the head over the weekend.

According to WPLG Local 10, the young man– who performs under the name C-Glizzy– was reported shot in the head on Saturday night (Jun. 15) in Pompano Beach, Fla. while leaving a store. His brother and friend reportedly tried to drive him to the hospital, but “lost control of their car” and hit a wall on an exit ramp on I-95.

“The group eventually made it to the hospital where Moore underwent hours of surgery to remove the bullet from his head,” WPLG reports. Moore was sent to Broward Health North to be treated for his injury. “Family members say Moore is currently sedated and is not talking.”

Moore’s mother says she is “expecting” and “hoping” that he will survive the gunshot wound he sustained. It is currently unclear what the motives behind the shooting are, and The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances.

XXXTentacion, who was friends with Moore, was fatally shot on June 18, 2018 in Florida as he was leaving RIVA Motorsports. He was just 20 years old.

UPDATE: @CGlizzyofficial’s mom tells me he is heavily sedated and not talking right now, but she is expecting and hoping that he’ll survive the gunshot wound he sustained to the head. Someone opened fire on him as he was leaving a store on MLK Blvd. in Pompano Beach yesterday. pic.twitter.com/BKXhFMslaz

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Tory Lanez Calls Out Colorism On Set Of New Music Video

Tory Lanez is calling out colorism in the music industry after experiencing a tough moment on the set of a new music video he was shooting. The Canadian artist alleged that the directors attempted to swap out a woman with a darker complexion for a model of a lighter skin tone.

The video shoot was apparently for Nafe Smallz's "Good Love" video. In a BTS clip that Lanez shared on Instagram on Sunday (June 17), the rapper appeared to be performing alongside a black woman. During their take, the video crew appeared to motion for another woman – who was noticeably lighter than the current stand-in – to enter the shoot. Lanez then appeared to stop the shoot, saying "she's already here... you look great though."

In his caption, Lanez highlighted the music industry's flaws and the continued problem with colorism. "This is an On-Going problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop. As a black man, Sometimes I’m going to joke about the black community just like we all do. BUT WHAT IM NOT GOING TO DO IS ALLOW ANY OF THESE DIRECTORS TO DE-VALUE OUR BLACK WOMEN," he wrote. "Countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion, or women with straighter hair ETC. ... IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTIST TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN .. it’s BEEN time to embrace our woman of color."

Despite Lanez's initial account of the situation, DJ Akademiks posted a series of Instagrams that refuted the rapper's claims. "The women who were in the #torylanez video and also the directors are claiming it didn’t go down the way Tory described it on Instagram," he wrote. One of the women also reported that Lanez staged the video to "to make it appear as if it had something to do with race."

It's unclear who is telling the correct version of the story at this time. Lanez has not commented on DJ Akademik's claims. See Lanez's post below.

 

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This is an On -Going problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop . As a black man , Sometimes I’m going to joke about the black community just like we all do . BUT WHAT IM NOT GOING TO DO IS ALLOW ANY OF THESE DIRECTORS TO DE-VALUE OUR BLACK WOMEN ... countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion, or women with straighter hair ETC . ... IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTIST TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN .. it’s BEEN time to embrace our woman of color #BlackIsBeautiful

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"People going out they way. Leave them people alone and stop creating unnecessary drama," Brown wrote on his Instagram Stories on Friday (June 14).  "Whoever's been DM my followers or commenting as me lame asf."

As you may have heard, Brown – or someone posing as the R&B crooner – commented under several photos of Kae and Cruz, advising the model and actress to "upgrade" her new boyfriend. "Upgrade him sis. I'll take him around to style him," one of the comments read.

Well, if Brown really was hacked, that is, indeed, lame as hell. See Chris' message below.

 

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